Thirty-eight years ago in Time magazine, Karl Barth gave a helpful bit of advice to young theologians:
“Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”
I am not exactly what one would call a Barth fanboy, but he is considered by many as the most important theologian of the 20th century. Perhaps we can learn a few things from what he had to say.
Jesus commanded us to be in the world but not of the world, leaving reclusion off the table.
If you read the news every day, you will fail to have the right perspective without reading the Bible before or afterwards.
I hope most of you already use this service but, for the sake of the few, I will explain why this is an effective way to organize your news digest everyday. I agree with Barth: I think it will make you a more effective minister.
RSS is a service that delivers web content to a “feeder” on a continuous basis. In other words: you don’t have to go get the news, it will be delivered to you. By signing up for a free Google Reader account, you can load the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and ResonateOrDie into your RSS feed to be automatically updated everyday. Instead of clicking through an endless maze of website links, you will simply scroll through your reader, saving hours of time you could spend being more effective at whatever work the Lord has given you. Every morning, in about 30 minutes, I have breezed through headlines from over 50 blogs, newspapers, and online magazines that would otherwise take hours to navigate and remember. RSS also de-clutters your bookmark bar in your web browser.